Eliminate Hiring Bias with a Few Simple Tweaks

by NationSearch Information on January 15, 2018

If you’re like most companies, you strive to create a fair and balanced work environment for your employees. Doing so successfully starts with the hiring process, which is why many businesses put so much time and energy into searching for applicants, providing interviews, and making a final decision. During all this, businesses always try to avoid bias -- or even the appearance of bias -- in the workplace. Not only is this simply the right thing to do, but it is necessary for the health of your business: workplace discrimination violations can have lasting effects for years, not to mention cutting the bottom line.

What hiring managers and other employees sometimes don’t realize is that hiring bias often occurs at an unconscious level. It isn’t something they set out to do. Rather, it’s just something that happens. This can, of course, get you into hot water, not to mention create an environment that is uncomfortable for both seasoned employees and new hires alike.

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Topics: Background Screening Education, hiring bias

A Simple 4-Step Process to Hire Better Employees

by NationSearch Information on January 12, 2018

Businesses make many decisions on any given day, but possibly the most important of these is deciding which employees to hire that will bring success to the company. Whether you’re building your first workforce, replacing a former employee, or expanding your business with an additional position, you can’t hire just any employee - what you want is the very best. The problem many employers face today is that they seem to attract the wrong kind of employee, a person who simply doesn’t fit well with the company’s standards or those of the position they’re applying for.

What can you do about it? You can start by tweaking your hiring tactics a bit so that you’re hiring better people. This may sound obvious, but it’s something even the savviest of businesses sometimes neglect to do. To help you out, we’ve put together a quick, 4-step process for you to follow:

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Topics: Background Screening Education, hiring process

Resume Lies: Learn What to Expect and How to Identify Them

by NationSearch Information on January 10, 2018

Everyone fibs a little on a job resume. We’ve done it. You’ve done it. The sweet  ol ’ lady down the street who hands out apples on Halloween has done it. E-v- e-r -y- o-n -e does it.

That being said, fibs are one thing -- flat-out lies are something else entirely. Using flowery descriptions of your previous jobs - where “fetched lunch orders” becomes “coordinated meal recommendations” - might get you an eye roll or two, but it gets serious when you fabricate things like job experience and certain skills needed for a given job.

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Topics: Background Screening Education, hiring process, hiring mistakes, resume, lying

5 Mistakes You Need to Stop Making When Hiring Employees

by NationSearch Information on January 2, 2018

Regardless of the position you’re attempting to fill, the hiring process is a lengthy one. There are several steps to take, each of which is just as important as the last. Although you always hope that this process will go smoothly, it can become more problematic than normal if you end up making mistakes along the way.

What are these mistakes, you ask? We’ve compiled five of them right here:

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Topics: Background Screening Education, hiring process, hiring mistakes

Is It Time to Find Out If Your Seasonal Employees Have Been Naughty or Nice?

by NationSearch Information on December 15, 2017

’Tis the season for good cheer, family get-togethers, exchanging gifts, and... background checks?

Whether your business works in retail, online, or a little bit of both, there’s a good chance that you may be hiring seasonal employees to help you manage the additional workload brought on by the holidays. You may even have a tendency to hire the same workers each year. That way, you can skip several steps during the hiring process since you’re already aware of the employee’s work ethic, personality, and other such elements that make them an asset to your company as sales and customer interactions increase through the end of the year.

This “easy hire” process is great, but businesses tend to skip the background check portion of the hiring steps involved with bringing these seasonal employees onboard again. No big deal, right? Well... it could be. Let’s explore a few reasons why it’s a good idea to run a new background check on these employees.

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Topics: Background Screening Education, hiring process, seasonal employees

58% of Applicants Lie on Their Resumes, and You Don’t Know Who They Are

by Andrew Dose on November 9, 2017

While we’re all wary of certain people and situations (e.g. when we’re buying a used car or considering a shiny new “Rolex” on a card table on 42nd Street) we’d like to think that reviewing job applications and resumes in preparation for hiring a new team member isn’t one of those times. After all, we’re all professionals here, aren’t we? Can’t we trust that an applicant’s personal and professional history are the truth?

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Topics: Helpful HR Resources, Original Features, Background Screening Education

Lawsuit Alert: Federal Background Check Procedures Cannot Be Neglected

by Kayla Rasmussen on December 4, 2017

Lately, we’ve been seeing a myriad of class action lawsuits plaguing businesses around the country for failure to comply with federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) guidelines. Among other key violations, employers are neglecting to notify their applicants when a background check results in denial of employment due to adverse information returned in the report.

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Topics: Helpful HR Resources, Background Screening Education

The Marijuana Industry Needs Background Screening Too

by Brenda Lund on September 20, 2017

With over 122,000 full-time positions supported in 29 states — and more being added every day — the need for consistent, high-quality background screening is obvious in the burgeoning medical and recreational marijuana industry.

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Topics: Helpful HR Resources, Original Features, Background Screening Education

Faulty Background Check Procedures Continue to Spark FCRA Lawsuits

by Andrew Dose on December 4, 2017

A rash of claims are continuing to pile up against employers who have violated the regulations outlined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). FCRA laws must be followed to the letter when using background screening reports for employment purposes (and especially when obtained through third-party agencies).

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Topics: Background Screening Education

Drug Screening: Medical Marijuana Discrimination Cases on the Rise

by Andrew Dose on August 24, 2017

Medical Marijuana Discrimination Cases on the Rise

As legalization continues to gain traction in the United States, the frequency of medical marijuana (mmj) discrimination cases popping up throughout the business world is beginning to accelerate. What’s more: the decisions in these cases could establish the standard by which applicant rights are favored over employer rights with regards to accommodating prescribed cannabis use.

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Topics: Background Screening Education